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sitdown with msnbc. also this morning, as joe biden makes a swing across key country, we'll take a look at what's at stake for the u.s. with this asia visit. >>> and new details this morning on the deadly commuter train wreck in new york. investigators say the train was going three times as fast as it should have been on that sharp curve. good morning from washington. it's tuesday, december 3rd, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. we have a lot going on as we do every day in december. so let's start with my first reads of the morning. and it's on health care again. after the soft relaunch of the health care website over the weekend, the white house now feels that it's in good enough shape to do what they wanted to do two months ago. start a public campaign for the health care law over law. president obama will kick-start the e effort with an event at the white house this afternoon. of course this comes nine weeks after the first rollout which was marked by glitches and crashes as well as repeated promises from the administration that things would get better. >> nobody's m
. >>> now here's your look at "scrambles politics." vice president biden will head to tokyo and talks on china's new air defense zones. it was also announced the vp will visit the border between north and south korea known as the demilitarized zone saturday. mr. biden will hohn your troops killed in the korean war. >>> bob smith wants his old job back. the republican says he will run for his party's nomination to challenge democratic incumbent gene shaheen next year. he may have popular competition. scott brown removed massachusetts from the twitter profile. the resident has been rumored to be open to a possible run in 2014. >>> new york archbishop says the catholic church has been outmarketed been the on the issue of same-sex marriage. during an interview, he responded to critics who he says have chashg toured the church as anti-gay. debate over the issue will continue. >> back in 1973 with roe v. wade, everybody said this is going to go away and be back burnered. to this day, it is the most devisive issue in american politics. as you look at some of the changing attitudes, you say,
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president biden wrapped up his visit to china on thursday raising the issue of the treatment of american journalists in that country. nearly two dozen journalists from different american publications are in danger of not having their visas renewed by year's end. biden argued newspapers should be able to, quote, report the truth without fear of cups kwepss. >>> police have arrested an 18-year-old for allegedly stealing a porsche from the part of the car that allegedly killed actor paul walker. the suspect posted panels of the roof panel on line bragging about the grab. >>> at navy launched a drone from a submerged submarine thursday. it was fired from a torpedo tube and flew for several hours while transmitting live video. >>> just ahead we'll turn to politics. politico's kevin cyrilly joins us. . >>> welcome back. time for our first look at politics. joined by politico's kevin cirilli live in washington. >> good morning. happy friday. >> president obama had an interview with chris mathews on "hardball." we'll talk on the other side. >> both hillary and joe would make outstanding presiden
of state john kerry and vice president joe biden meeting with allies and adversaries on issues from iran to afghanistan and china's territorial dispute with japan. before we get down to business in beijing today, the vice president surprised chinese citizens lined up for visas at the u.s. embassy. >>> white-out. a brutal winter storm blanketing the country. snow, ice, and a deep freeze. we'll have a live report from a very snowy denver, colorado. >>> and our favorite fictional anchorman has conquered broadcast news. now he's about to take on "sportscenter." >> you can have south beach, lebron. ronn burgundy is taking his talents to bristol. >>> and good day. i need ron burgundy it fill in for me today. i'm andrea mitchell, a little under the weather today in washington, where president obama is moving from offense to defense, trying to drive home the benefits of his health care plan despite its faulty rollout. it's a message he's going to be repeating every day between now and his anticipated holiday break. to the delight of nervous house democrats facing re-election next year. joining m
things happen first. >> is there anything more you think joe biden or the president or any supporters in the administration are doing? >> as long as we have the conversation and keep things going, i'm encouraged to see the white house and senate are continuing conversations on mental health as well because this isn't just about guns, it's about the causes of gun violence which include mental wellness. that's important legislation on the table right now which we support. >> the house is expected to vote on the plastic gun ban, which expired december 9th or will expire december 9th unless renewed. what is your position on that? that vote is, i think, this afternoon? >> we fully support it should not be allowed to expire. it's been in place 25 years and it should continue. >> the 911 calls are due to be released tomorrow. is this going to only cause more pain for you and the other families? how does that impact your quest for gun legislation? >> we don't feel that the 911 calls should have been released but that decision has been made now. and it will affect our community certainly, and
. but i'm questioning what offense. still ahead, vice president joe biden in asia, pushing the agenda that has american workers very nervous. and all they're talking about is a fly zone. we'll get into that. but next, i'm taking your questions, "ask ed live" just ahead. stay tuned. you're watching "the ed show" on msnbc. thrusters at 30%! i can't get her to warp. losing thrusters. i need more power. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions. our current situation seems rather extreme. why can't we maximize our... ready. ♪ brilliant. let's get out of here. warp speed. ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ [ male announcer ] the beautifully practical and practically beautiful cadillac srx. get the best offers of the season now. lease this 2014 srx for around $369 a month with premium care maintenance included. ♪ became big business over
, and in fact, i think our vice president, joe biden, might be able to teach republicans a few things about running against women. >>> republicans aren't the only ones that have to tread carefully when running against women. let's compare vice president joe biden's performance in his debates in 2008 and in 2012. here he is in attack dog mode against congressman paul ryan last year. >> we have these sanctions in place. it's in spite of their opposition -- >> oh, god. >> they've given 20 waivers to this sanction. under a romney administration, we will have credibility on this issue. >> vice president biden? >> it's incredible. when governor romney's asked about it, he's said, we've got to keep these sanctions. and he's said, you're talking about doing more. are you going to go to war? is that what you want to do? this is a bunch of stuff. with all do respect, that's a bunch of malarkey. >> stuff, malarkey, laughing and mocking, but here he is four years older, shall we say, holding himself back as sarah palin goes on the attack. pay attention to joe biden's face. >> barack obama and senator o
as likely to be morbidly obese. >>> wrapping up his tour of asia, vice president joe biden is in south korea where north korea's nuclear am bigs will be high on the agenda and the veep surprised chinese citizens waiting for a visa at the u.s. embassy. >> hello, everybody. vice president biden. i'm the vice president of the united states. >> is that sojo biden. it's time for the reputation of the weekly look of who's hot and who's not according to social media with our exclusive analysis howard brattin, chairman of 15 minutes public relations. >> that was vintage biden. he's out and about, you know, trying to build some bridges. what is social media saying? >> he's a pretty low-key guy on social media. we don't see him much. when we do see him, he's usually made a gaffe. he's very much tracking, and about half like him, and about half don't and he's very mixed and calling him on the move. >> is any publicity good publicity if people are talking about you? >> it's not obama care so the administration does this and he's looking very press deshlg. he's meeting with the premiere of china, big dea
db babe ruth. >>> vice president biden in china trying to smooth over tensions in that part of the world. he'll meet with china's president ping. the trip was supposed to be about trade. it is overshadowed since china expanded the airspace into territory that japan also claims. the move has even affected commercial u.s. flights throughout the region. you might recall a week ago the u.s. challenged china's claims by flying two b-52 bombers through the zone without telling china which is what china had requested of everyone going through that airspace. we also want to give you a quick update on the new york train derailment. the line should be getting back up to speed this morning. union representatives say he nodded off while driving when he came to. he apparently shut down the throttle and tried an emergency braking technique. his attorney compared what happened to highway hypnosis. that drowsy feeling you get sometimes when we've been staring at divider lines for a long time. either way, it seems like he might not have been fully focused. the investigation is on going. he s
's start with joe biden and his trip to asia. i know you were a pool reporter on that so welcome home. >> thank you. good trip. >> what exactly was the vice president able to accomplish? >> well, i think there were two things that really were foremost for the obama administration. one there is a stirmish between china and japan over islands in the east china sea. a big problem for international security. joe biden met with both the prime minister of japan and the president of china and said he made clear to china he wanted them to sort of roll back an air defense zone that china established unilaterally and is threatening japanese and even american commercial aircraft that you have to announce before you enter that space that you have to announce to china you're doing so. it's caused a lot of turmoil and headaches and so the vice president really made that clear. the other big thing in the trip was for the obama administration to make clear their so-called pivot to asia is still a viable priority for them, president obama had to cancel a trip to asia during the government shutdown so
for president. >> vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast? >> not a chance am i going there. [ laughter ] here's what i'll say, both hilary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. hilary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretary of states we've had and helped transition us away from a deep hole we were in when i first came into office around the world. >> that's the only answer he could have given to that question? >> he gave it well. even pushed he said i'm not touching that one. he cannot weigh in on this one and i suspect he will get right up to the next election and where there ever to be an contest that's unimaginable between joe biden and hillary clinton in the nominating process i can't imagine barack obama weighing in on that one. in the larger context joe biden is doing hillary clinton a favor by having his name out there. the idea he can keep this as a race
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to answer. this could be tough. the qualities required of a president. vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. here's what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents. and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. and he has been with me at my side in every tough decision that i've made from going after bin laden to dealing with the health care issues to you name it, he's been there. hillary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we've ever had. and help to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when i first came into office around the world. and rebuild confidence and trust in the united states. and they've got different strengths, but both of them would be outstanding. i'd say the most important qualities of any president. i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities because i'm speaking historically. i think has to do wi
his vice president and former secretary of state. >> vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton, compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. here's what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents. and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. hillary i think will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state that we've ever had and help to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when we first came into office around the world. >> you can watch that interview in its entirety today at 4:00 right here on msnbc. >>> checking the news feed this morning, a winter storm stretching across the nation has draped much of the midwest and south in snow, sleet, and freezing rain. as many as 32 million people are in its path. winter storm and ice warnings are in effect today from texas to indiana. this same system is going to bring cold temperatures to the northeast over the weekend. >>> following a fourth month
puts her hat in the ring and then joe biden decides, it puts the president in a tough spot. politico has an article on how the 2016 fever is testing the hillary clinton/obama bond. obama needs the party's attention devoted to helping him salvage the final three years of his administration but democratic donors and activists say the growing anticipation around a possible clinton administration three years out could accelerate the president's arrival at lame duck status. the more obama is viewed as a has been, the harder it could be to rally the party to fight for his agenda. do you agree with that analysis, victoria? >> you know, thomas, i think all of this talk about hillary might be a moot point come 2016. right now she is the candidate to beat. but we don't know what the mood of the american public is going to be in the next three years. a lot of that is going to depend on how we view the trust in government. it's near an all-time low. the pew study showed only 19% of us believe that washington is doing the right thing. so if we come to that spot and americans want someone who know
by the fasters' tend on the mall. two weeks ago, vice president joe biden stopped in. for now, the activists seem less focused on the president than the man at the other end of pennsylvania avenue. reverend bernice king put it on tuesday -- >> so to our brother, mr. boehner, representative boehner, the best time is now. the right time is now. the correct time is now and the only time is now. >> in fact, the time may actually be now, raising hopes that reform might finally be passed in 2014. john boehner announced the hiring of a veteran immigration expert and former john mccain chief of staff rebecca talent. but no good deed goes unpunished, especially in the gop. as soon as boehner's new hire became republican, reform opponents pounced. head of the anti-reform center on immigration studies wrote, the republican party leadership really does seem dead set on satisfying corporate demands and trying to ram amnesty down the throats of its own voters. joining us now is professor at the lbj school of public policy at the university of texas, victoria s victoria soto. thank you, as always. i'm reminded
. the qualities required of a president. vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. here's what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents. and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. and he has been with me at my side in every tough decision that i've made from going after bin laden to dealing with the health care issues to you name it, he's been there. hillary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we've ever had. and help to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when i first came into office around the world. and rebuild confidence and trust in the united states. and they've got different strengths, but both of them would be outstanding. i'd say the most important qualities of any president. i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities because i'm speaking historically. i think has to do with more than anything a sense of co
of a president. vice president joe biden, former secretary hillary clinton, compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. here's what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever and he has been with me at my side in every tough decision that i've made from going after bin laden to dealing with the health care issues to, you name it, he's been there. hillary will go down in history as one of the finest secretary of states that we've had and helps to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when i first came into office around the world and rebuilt confidence in the united states and both of them would be outstanding and i would say that the most important qualities of any president -- and i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities because i'm speaking historically, i think has to do with, more than anything, a sense of connection with the american people. that's what allows you to then leads to per
's an essay question. the qualities required of a president. vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. here's what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents. and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. and he has been with me at my side in every tough decision that i've made from going after bin laden to dealing with the health care issues to you name it, he's been there. hillary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we've ever had. and help to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when i first came into office around the world. and rebuild confidence and trust in the united states. and they've got different strengths, but both of them would be outstanding. i'd say the most important qualities of any president. i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities because i'm speaking historically. i think has to do with more th
about celebrex. for a body in motion. . >>> back to "hardball." time for the sideshow. joe biden, not guilty. he took flack for a comment he made at a firm in japan on wednesday. speaking to a group of female employees, he asked a question about their husbands. listen up. >> do your husbands like you working full-time? >> many slammed him saying he was disapproving of working in the work place. as "the washington post" later reported, the vice president's remarks were on target just taken out of context. the purpose of his visit, after all, was to promote the need for japan to accept more women in the workforce. biden wanted to support shinzo abe's push for women to augment the shrinking workforce in a nation with a rapidly aging population and plummeting birthrate. up next, released a christian ornament featuring a picture of a cardinal. last week jimmy kimmel took some artistic license of his own with this parody of president bush's newfound hobby. >> well, i've become a painter. and i painted a cardinal for a friend of ours, and laura liked the bright red on the cardinal and t
>> some people they should interview, the pope or vice president biden or miley cyrus. those are good ones. "the morning joe" starts right no now. >> i'm excited. we got a look at one of the hate witches. >> they say ignorance is blitz. right, joe? that may have applied to the mcdonald's mcrib sandwich. a photo taken by a mcdonald's employee of a mcrib. >> sweet jesus. >> is there no shame? >> mcdonald's says the patty is formed in the shape of traditional ribs. they flash freeze the meat before sending it out to the restaurants. >> that is gross. >> maybe you are gross. there is nothing of a mcrib because it appears to be made of sickly et. i have always been a firm believer that the best food raises more questions than it answers. if anything, this photo makes me want the thing even more because it only adds to the great american mystery that is the mcrib. for decades the elusive mcrib has appeared and disappeared on mcmenus with little warning like a meat brigadoon. what brings it out of hiding, full moons, a surplus of slauths house floor scrapings? >> there you go, good
would go toward a new research initiative to combat hiv. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan as part of a week-long asia trip. he'll also travel to china for talks over disputed air space. back to "hardball." >>> i've got to tell you, if it was not already invented, i would say this congress invented the word "do nothing congress." >> but considering what republicans in congress want to do, it is a great blessing that congress has done next to nothing. >> we all know that president harry truman dubbed the 80th congress as the do nothing congress. yet the doing in congress in 1948 has nothing on this one. >> unfortunately, republicans talk work for everyone else, but when it comes to doing the work here in congress, well, they don't quite measure up to it. >> welcome back to "hardball." do nothing is about right when it comes to the track record of this congress. it's not yet the least productive year in history, but close to it. to give you some historical context. when newt gingrich's republican revolution came to power in 1995, they managed to pass what was then a record lo
program that has an impact on one sixth of the economy. this is a big deal to quote joe biden. so -- [ laughter ] but we're going to keep on working on it and improving it and refining it. if we see a problem we're going to fix it. but we're not repealing it. not as long as i'm president. [ applause ] >> particularly because the folks criticizing it don't seem to have any ideas in terms of how to reduce costs and insure millions of people get cover for the first time. >> we're listening as president obama addresses 140 described as youth leaders. let's go back to bill pascrell. the president said the same thing yesterday, as long as he's president this law will not be repealed and moving full steam ahead. today we're hearing from speaker boehner's office and the strategy appears is that they continue to highlight individual stories about canceled plans and higher costs. not reacting to the president's challenge and asking if there's a better idea. what's your reaction? >> speaker boehner was -- would move advance his position a lot further if he put in the good examples as well as
. this is a big deal, to quote joe biden. and so -- but we're just going to keep on working on it and improving it and we're not going to repeal it, not as long as i am president. >> joining me now, krystal ball and serving as special adviser for health policy in the obama administration. krystal, it sounds like the website is working like a website. >> yeah. and that is a beautiful thing, both because it's time for us to move past the debates and the questions about glitches and into actually seeing this law work in action. i mean, i think the republicans are going to find themselves in a very perilous place where they have pinned all of their hopes and all of their messaging and all of their platform on hoping that this law fails. they grabbed on to the website and they grabbed on to the president wasn't very straight with you. but over time the law is going to work better and better and we are going to see success stories that we are increasingly seeing and republicans are going to be caught with their pants down and hanging on to this thing, but we really hate obama care, don't you hate it,
in two days. the storm is blamed for six deaths. >>> vice president biden is in china meeting with leaders there over a disputed area of airspace. >>> welcome back to "hardball," coin him the turn around man perhaps, and with more good news about enrollment numbers the president continued to play offense on health care. >> i've acknowledged more than once that we didn't roll out parts of this law as well as we should have, but the law's already working in major ways that benefit millions of americans right now, even as we've begun to slow the rise in health care costs which is good for family budget, good for federal and state budgets and good for the budgets of businesses small and large. this law is going to work. and for the sake of our economic security it needs to work. >> nbc news reports that 29,000 people sign the up through the healthcare.gov site on sun and monday alone. that's bad news, perhaps, for its conservative critics. they seem to be running out of ammunition on the other side. quote, it does seem as though we've entered a new stage in the health care battle
stand for around the globe. >> globetrotters. vice president biden and secretary of state john kerry are making diplomatic tracks in asia and middle east. in china no sign of progress intentions over disputed airspace. kerry and netanyahu agreed to disagree about interim iran nuclear deal. >> we believe that in a final deal unlike the interim deal, it's crucial to bring about a final agreement about the termination of iran's military nuclear capability. >> i can't emphasize enough that israel's security in this negotiation is at the top of our agenda. >> frozen, an arctic blast through the south and midwest coating the region with freezing rain and ice with temperatures plunging by as much as 50 degrees. we'll track where the storm is heading next. >>> puppy love at least when it was over bo's baby sister sunny and an adorable 2-year-old clashed. he squared off at a white house christmas party. we'll bring you the dramatic conclusion to this brief encounter. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. a tale of two americas. our economy brightening somewhat for wealthiest, m
joe biden, secretary hillary clinton, compare and contrast. >> not a chance. here is what i'll say. both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. >> joining me now, fresh from his exclusive interview with president obama msnbc's chris matthews joining me from boston. he didn't bite. he's a smart guy. >> he did. >> yeah, he did. >> thank you. >> what's your takeaway? he seemed at once defensive but reflective like we don't usually see american presidents when still in office. >> part of the interview struck me as sad because it was not defeated but chastened is the right word. maybe i'll think of a better word as i think about it over the weekend. for the first time ever, howard fineman was with me and he told me afterwards. when you watch an interview you hear better because when you're doing the interview you think of the next question and moving them in that direction. he's faced opposition, we all know that, pretty fierce in some cases. he talked about how he's learned one person can't do a whole lo
for his alleged crimes and because of his age and medical condition. this as vice president biden is visiting neighboring south korea. now back to our special. >>> 1990. after 27 years in prison, 71-year-old nelson mandela is a free man. >> yes! >> reporter: he must now adapt to a world completely changed from when he went to prison. there are also questions about the man himself. >> when he emerged from prison, i think there was great tension within the anc. yes, he was the symbol of the anc. yes, he was this great mass leader, but nobody really knew who had not been in prison with him what his capacity was. would he really be able to lead? >> reporter: mandela seeks to move the nation forward together. >> to come out of prison with so very little bitterness and be able to concile warring afrikaners from the right and the black left. >> reporter: but mandela's desire for reconciliation among the people does not make the reconciling of political differences any smoother. with the lifting of a ban of political organizations like the anc and the release of political prisoners such a
's release come about? >> good morning, alex. joe biden was asked precisely that question while he was in south korea today where he's been looking at the north at the dmz. he said he played no direct role. and he said he had no idea why merrill was released today. north korea said the reason was because of his ill health and because of his age. they also said that he had apologized for his supposed crimes during the korean war. of course newman, we believe, trained south korean guerrillas. a week ago we saw him on television in the north reading what was described as a confession. though it's not clear whether those words were written for him or whether he was forced to read them. he certainly looked uncomfortable. usually when these things have happened in the past and north koreans have held american citizens, often waiting until u.s. officials have gone in to pick them up and bring them home. officials do speculate that perhaps in this case with newman's advancing years with the so-called confession that they felt they had milked it for all its propaganda value and that now was
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period. just as president biden dealing with another foreign policy headaches on the other side of the world. he arrived in tokyo. he was met when he arrived there by caroline kennedy, the new ambassador. this as china is now threatening to declare unilaterally control over airspace long disputed with japan. joining me now with all these challenges, msnbc contributor, former adviser on iran to the white house ambassador dennis ross. thanks for being with us. lets talk about iran. president rouhani declared over the weekend in an interview with the "new york times" they have won the right to enrich, just as we in a hard fought battle with emrates, uae, nonproliferation effort talked them into foreswearing the right to enrich. others in the region are watching the way we handle iran. what do you think of these negotiations as far as they have gone so far? >> well, look, you do have a first step. the idea of having a first step agreement is not that it somehow has transformed the situation, not that it produced a breakthrough we're going to be confident we're going to transform ura
. before the president's visit, the activists were visited by vice president joe biden, they were visited by the white house chief of staff, dennis mcdonough, senior adviser valerie jarrett, the agriculture secretary, tom vilsack, labor secretary thomz perez, the white house domestic policy council was down there. they have each been visited by two republican members of the house, jeff denham and david valedeo, who say they want the vote. they say they would vote with democrats to pass it. tonight on the house floor, florida congressman joe garcia recognized those hunger strikers, five of whom were in the house gallery tonight. he called on republican leaders to allow that senate immigration bill to come to a vote. barring a hanukkah miracle, a prekwanzaa miracle? i don't know. barring some kind of late-in-the-year miracle, this congress is going to be the least productive congress in the history of the united states of america. republicans have been very, very good at repeatedly fake repealing obama care, almost four dozen times now, but that's not actually policy. and now, that time is
side bar. today vice president joe biden sat down with a group of female employees in the cafeteria and he reportedly asked them, quote, do your husbands like working full time? now here he was at the same company touting the role of women in the workplace. >> some advocates argue that the reason to have women more involved in leadership positions is they're gentler and kinder. i've never found that to be the case. they're as tough, they're as strong, they're as everything as a man is and vice versa. >> scott walker's re-election campaign has an idea for anyone in wisconsin who can't come up with the perfect christmas gift this year. that idea, give money to scott walker. his campaign sent out this e-mail asking for christmas time donations. that e-mail included the line give your children the gift that keeps on giving. now, we reached out to friends of scott walker, the group who sent out that e-mail as well as the governor himself. we're still waiting on a response about that e-mail. >>> new york congressional hopeful and republican george demos is making headlines with a new ad.
in our ask ed live segment, our first question from james garfield. how can obama and biden be on the side of the tpp? the transpacific partnership. it is a huge trade deal, if you didn't know what that was. in fact, it is a trade deal that is going to dwarf nafta and gat, no question about it. to answer the question directly, it's a mystery to me. but what's troublesome is that the administration has not explained to the american people just how this is going to be good for american workers and how it's going to create jobs in our economy. okay, so we're going to trade with other countries. but there's also clauses in there that deal with international tribunals that will circumvent american law when it comes to trade and the grievance process is pretty gummed up, as i understand it. also, this is an attack on american labor. it's an outsourcing on steroids agreement. and none of the trade agreements we've had have been productive when it comes to jobs. i'm curious about this. it's a mystery to me. and i wish the president would step up and explain exactly what the benefits
. >> the qualities required of a president. vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast. >> not a chance am i going there. >> wow. there's a tough question. >> hannity, this is the same broadcaster who had a softball boot-licking session interview with george w. bush while riding around in a pickup truck down in crawford, texas. >> when i saw you, you were -- my perception, you were totally, completely at peace. >> yeah. >> your job was done. and you seem even more at peace now. >> i am at peace. and i was honored to serve the country. i gave it my all. i have written a book that chronicles the decisions i made. and i feel -- i'm not desperate to try to shape a legacy. and you know, i have -- i'm content. i'm a content guy. >> pow! that's the way to sock it to him, hannity. if sean hannity thinks he can play hard ball in any of his interviews, he can keep on pretending. ement. baron of the build-out. you need a permit... to be this awesome. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can ev
of a guided tour in that country. president joe biden in south korea honoring the korean war dead said he had no role in the negotiations. while praising newman's release vice president noted another american christian missionary kenneth bay has been jailed more than a year. kim jong-un's powerful uncle, fourth behind the leader, has been percentaged from his military post. these images show the dramatic moment when he was hauled away by police from a meeting and arrested for what's described as criminal acts. south korea's ministry of unification, the uncle edited out of an official documentary. this is just the latest in the series of military purges since the death of kim jong-il. ♪ ♪ nothing says, "you're my #1 copilot," like a milk-bone biscuit. ♪ say it with milk-bone. see, i knew testosterone could affect sex drive, but not energy or even my mood. that's when i talked with my doctor. he gave me some blood tests... showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% testosterone gel. the #1 prescribed topical testosterone r
president joe biden is in tokyo today. the first stop on a six-day trip to japan, china and south korea. it will be a delicate balance for the vice president, because the relationship between u.s. allies, japan and south korea, have been deteriorating. the u.s. is hoping this tour will help build relations and provide a unified front in dealing with china. >>> olympic skier lindsey vonn skipping knee surgery, hoping she'll make it to sochi. vonn partially tore a ligament during a crash two weeks ago so she's training leading up to the february olympic games, although is still unsure whether she'll be able to compete. >>> a minnesota man was ticketed after making it snow money inside the mall of america, dropping 1,000 $1 bills from a third floor railing onto the crowd below. a trio was singing "let it snow." the man said it's been a tough year so he wanted to throw out his last grand to spread holiday cheer. instead he was cited for disorderly conduct. >>> amazon is planning to make a giant leap into the future with delivery drones. nbc's seema moody is at the nasdaq with what's moving
over china's new air defense zone, vice president joe biden is in beijing today for discussions with the chinese president. the air defense zone controls islands controlled by japan but claimed by china. the vice president's east asia trip was supposed to focus on trade and the economy, but this issue has taken center stage. >>> the website had one million visitors on monday, but can obama care reach its goal of getting seven million people signed up by march? we're doing the math and getting wonky with ezra klein coming up. on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. 3w4r 3w4r57. >>> republicans are not backing off on their appeals to repair obama care. at a white house event touting the fixes and the benefits of the affordable care act, president obama drew a line in the sand. >> i've always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> let's bring in senator pat toomey, republican from p
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. joining me now is jared bernstein, former chief economist for vice president biden, also a senior fellow at the center on budget and policy priorities, and the guy i trust most with my economic questions. >> i'm going to have you blurb my next book. >> you got it. let's talk about the critics, who have a simple argument against increasing the minimum wage. they say the higher the minimum wage, the fewer employees businesses can hire. what's your response to that? >> the empirical record largely disproves such a broad, sweeping claim. that's not to say that an increase in the minimum wage doesn't lead to some cutbacks in some workers' hours. there could even be job loss. i think it's wrong to say you raise the minimum wage and nothing happens to workers' prospects. but we've seen time and time again with many increases over time and across different states and counties that the beneficiaries of a moderate increase in the minimum wage far outweigh any cost. so it makes sense that low-wage workers are out there on the barricades saying, raise our wages. in many ways, they know best what's r
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